Because I Said So

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
— Isaiah 55:8-9

Words every mom has sworn she would never say. A statement every father has vowed he would never make.

There was a time in our culture when Because I said so was enough. Authority was accepted on the basis of hierarchy. Asking Why was unacceptable.

That time has come and gone. We live in a world where we are entitled to know why. Public figures are expected to explain themselves. Those in authority must defend it. People in office must justify their decisions.

Not so with God.

In the mirror maze of our existences, it is easy to mindlessly use the tools afforded us by Culture to navigate our spirituality. This is dangerous when we unintentionally and subconsciously begin walking in the mindset that God must explain Himself to us.

In his second letter to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul uses a phrase that goes nearly unnoticed, though it is pregnant with power: “…since God considers it just…” (1:6).

That’s it. The only explanation necessary.

We live in a day and age plagued with “I don’t think God would…” or “It doesn’t seem fair…” and “The reason God…” and more. But we must be careful.

God is not obligated to explain Himself to us.

(Can you worship Him any way?)

We get so accustomed to people pitching God to us, begging us to follow Him, willing to answer any question and offering any condition necessary to get us inside His car. But God is not some little old lady who needs our help getting across the street, who relies on pastors and evangelists and salesmen and spokespeople to seal the deal for Him, lest He be banished to an existence of irrelevance and obscurity.

He is God. Sometimes the best thing we can do is simply get out of His way. Let Him speak for Himself.

Don’t get so used to people begging you to follow Jesus that you forget what a privilege it is to be invited. Never forget what it cost Him.

Don’t lose sight of who it is you get to have a relationship with.

He is God of the universe, the higher being of Isaiah 55, who gets to say Because I said so.

Approach Him with the confidence of Hebrews 4, but the reverence of Ecclesiastes 5: “Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few” (2).

Father, let us never expect You to explain Yourself to us. Jesus is all the explanation we need, far more than we deserve. Help us remember what a privilege it is that we get to call the Maker of the Universe our friend.

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